Calamba City -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON formalized its partnership with the Municipal Government of Alabat, Quezon for the administration and management of land covering the island municipality on February 17, 2020.

As stipulated in the signed Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA), the DENR will be responsible for the conduct of land-titling activities within the said municipality; provision of technical assistance and necessary trainings, provision of the pertinent electronic and paper-based records and data, including maps and survey records, and provision of monitoring and quick response assistance to the said LGU in all phases of the titling activities.

The department is also given the power to authorize the LGU personnel to perform DENR-mandated duties related to lands, subject to existing rules and regulations. As part of its commitment to improve the land administration and management within its jurisdiction, the Municipal Government of Alabat, Quezon will establish a Land Management Office in the municipality. The said LGU will assign officials and personnel to the said office.

The municipal government will also be responsible for the appointment of a permanent focal person to act as liaison between the two parties; creation and activation of necessary committees and teams for the implementation of the agreement; conduct of information drives; spearheading of the implementation of agreed activities; support of the institutionalization and mainstreaming of land administration and management policies, processes and procedure; and provision of after-titling support for the beneficiaries.

Most of the public lands in the municipality of Alabat classified as “Alienable and Disposable (A&D)” have not yet been awarded to its respective occupants per Commonwealth Act No. 141, as amended. “This will be historic”, Mayor Fernando L. Mesa of Alabat, Quezon said, referring to the recently concluded MOPA signing.

The activities to be conducted in the next days are the following: publication and information campaign on the succeeding activities, training and capacitation of municipal personnel, and simulation of Systematic Adjudication Approach in land disposition per Republic Act No. 730.

Land Administration and Management is one of the flagship programs of the DENR.###